It’s the final call for Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services industry professionals to submit abstracts for seminars, panels, and workshops to be delivered at ARBS 2020.

The program will run during Australia’s biggest international Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) exhibition to be held in Melbourne from May 19-21, 2020.

Thomas Heine, sales and market manager EC Upgrades, CMVP of ebm-papst A&NZ believes the ARBS seminar program is a valuable networking opportunity to share knowledge and future trends.

He said participating as a speaker is “a great experience and also changes the way you think about shared knowledge.”

“Years later people still refer to my presentations and it’s a great starting point for conversation as well as a valuable networking opportunity. Moreover, the peer industry review of my presentations makes it even more credible,” Heine said.

The ARBS Speaker Series and IBTech Insight Series will bring together a multi-faceted audience interested in HVACR topics from a wide range of perspectives.

As a former speaker, Scantec Refrigeration managing director, Stefan Jensen, said it provides presenters with the opportunity to elevate and maintain a professional profile.

“More importantly, a presentation can trigger networking experiences that can often result in real business opportunities – not only for the presenter, but also for members of the audience,” he said.

ARBS is currently finalising its speaker program so interested parties need to act now as speaker submissions close August 30, 2019.

The format can be a seminar, case study, panel session or workshop, between 30 and 75 minutes in duration.
Guidelines and submission forms are available for download at, or email a request to

Two seminar programs will run in 2020;

The Speaker Series delivering industry wide information on new technologies, updates, case studies and forums on innovation and best practice

The IBTech Insight Series focusing specifically on SMART Buildings and property technology

The ARBS 2020 call for speakers invites submissions on a range of subjects, including but not limited to:


Case studies (building and facilities) demonstrating innovation and best practice in HVACR

Developments, research and global trends in HVAC&R including the latest industry innovations

Emerging trends in building design; low carbon retrofit, sustainable design, designing for resilience/climate change, new roles in building design

Emerging technologies, trends and innovations impacting FM

Net Zero Buildings/Net Zero HVAC&R - net zero strategies, methodologies and tools, low energy HVAC approaches

Refrigeration – technology innovations, refrigerant transition, net zero refrigeration, alternatives and non-vapour compression technology, global technology and outlook, training

Regulatory and compliance requirements; building code transition, registration to certification, training
Industry standards and rating tools; NABERS, Green Star, Living Buildings, WELL

Indoor environments, IEQ versus Energy versus Productivity

Energy efficiency, energy security, renewable energy, disruptive technologies

Modular construction and onsite assembly – future trends

HVACR maintenance – predictive maintenance, remote maintenance, data driven maintenance, digitising maintenance, maintenance for energy efficiency

Data driven transitions, BIM & modelling, REVIT for design


Technological innovations in HVAC&R; IoT, data analytics, smart buildings, cloud services, automated fault detection

Case studies – SMART Buildings, SMART retrofits, buildings in the pipeline

Occupancy – emerging tech, user experience, managing occupant behaviour

Use of data - privacy, ethics, social responsibility and data security

Buildings as power stations - virtual batteries, demand reduction

Data driven commissioning

Blockchain in HVACR

Emerging technologies, start-up tech, future trends (AI, AR, VR)

Integrated communication networks

Intelligent compliance - digital compliance tools, intelligent comfort, digital monitoring






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